Magnesium ammonium phosphate (MAP) precipitation has a potential for ammonium removal from industrial wastewaters. Application basis of this recent method of treatment has not been fully determined. In this study application of MAP precipitation to leather tanning wastewaters has been experimentally evaluated. Five alternative places of MAP precipitation in leather tanning wastewater treatment scheme tested were; instead of plain settling, after plain settling, after polyelectrolyte added plain settling, within the chemical precipitation and after biological treatment. Among these alternatives MAP application instead of plain settling and within the chemical precipitation were found to be most favourable and efficient by reducing the nitrogen load to the level of nutrient requirement in the biological stage. pH 9.0-9.5 and stoichiometric magnesium and phosphate doses were determined to be optimum conditions for MAP precipitation.

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